Here is everything you need to know about the five best original anime of all time.
Psycho-Pass is an original anime series that first aired from 2012 to 2013. It is set in a future dystopian Japan, society relies on the Sibyl System to measure its citizens’ psychological states. The resulting Psycho-Pass determines an individual’s fate, and enforcers mete out justice accordingly.
Akane Tsunemori, a young Inspector, grapples with the morality of this system. Alongside her Enforcers, including the brooding Shinya Kogami, they confront criminals. The moral dilemmas of a world where one’s mental state dictates their freedom or imprisonment.
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Shirobako is an original anime series offering viewers a behind-the-scenes look at the anime industry. It combines humor, drama, and educational elements, providing insights into challenges anime creators face.
Five high school friends, vow to produce an anime together. As they step into the professional world, Shirobako follows their journey navigating the anime industry. Aoi works as a production assistant at an animation studio. While managing the challenges, she and her friends discover the complexities of bringing a show to life.
Nagi-Asu: A Lull in the Sea
Nagi-Asu: A Lull in the Sea also known as Nagi no Asukara, is one of their masterpieces aired in 2013-2014. Directed by Toshiya Shinohara and scripted by Mari Okada.
In a world where some humans live beneath the ocean and others on land. The two societies coexisted but with growing estrangement. Four childhood friends from the sea village are forced to attend school on the surface after their school closes. They grapple with their identity and changing relationships. A larger natural phenomenon looms, threatening to change their world forever.
Code Geass is a masterpiece of original anime that masterfully blends mecha and dark fantasy elements. In an alternate future, the Holy Britannian Empire has conquered Japan and renamed it Area 11. Lelouch vi Britannia gains a mysterious power known as Geass from a mysterious girl named C.C.
Armed with the ability to command anyone to obey him, Lelouch adopts the alter-ego. He leads a rebellion against Britannia to seek justice for his sister and revenge against the empire. As he navigates a complex web of loyalties, friendships, and enemies, Lelouch is forced to confront the ethical dilemmas tied to his newfound power.
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Cowboy Bebop is a groundbreaking anime series directed by Shinichiro Watanabe and produced by Sunrise. Its 26-episode run was accompanied by a critically acclaimed jazz-infused soundtrack by Yoko Kanno. The show was so impactful that it received a movie adaptation.
Cowboy Bebop follows a group of bounty hunters—Spike Spiegel, Jet Black, Faye Valentine, and Edward Wong. They traverse the galaxy in their spaceship, the Bebop, hunting down criminals for rewards. Each member has a haunting past that slowly unravels, contributing to the series’ dark, complex narrative.